We all know that filming Doctor Who can be a long and arduous process. For the actors, writers, directors, costume designers, make up artists, cameramen and everyone involved alike, filming Doctor Who can be a huge task (but great fun too I'm sure). But for us as fans, seeing glimpses of the show while filming is taking place can be tantalising.
"I hate being patient. Patience is for wimps. I can't live like this. Don't make me!" ~ The Doctor, The power of three.
So what do we know about series 9 so far?
Filming started on the 5th January 2015 and the series of 13 episodes is still currently being filmed, with an air date set in Autumn 2015.
We know some of the episode titles.
Episode 1 - The magicians apprentice.
Episode 2 - The witch's familiar.
Said to be a brilliant two-part opening with Michelle Gomez set to return as Missy and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and written by Steven Moffat along with Hettie MacDonald as director - Of the award winning episode, Blink. - These two episodes will bring us running along with Clara and the Doctor into the series with an interesting meeting with Missy. "But what brings her back into their lives is the last things they'd expect" ~ Steven Moffat.
Rumors set out by The Mirror, (and please notice I wrote rumors) have suggested that in 'The magicians apprentice' and 'The witch's familiar' we will be following a classic story line from Tom Baker's era, Genesis of the Daleks. In this adventure with the 4th Doctor, the Time Lords sent the Doctor along with Sarah-Jane and Harry Sullivan, to stop the Daleks ever being created by Davros. However we will be stepping back further in time and the Doctor will have the decision to make by stopping Davros by killing him as a child. However I think this is nothing more than a rumor, and a step to far for our Doctor.
Episode 5 - The girl who died. Written by Steven Moffat and Jamie Mathieson.
Episode 6 - The woman who lived. Written by Catherine Tregenna.
Both these episodes are two periodic adventures and will be directed by BBC Poldark's, Ed Bazalgette. Possibly set in Viking times, it looks like we also have a new robot to deal with! There doesn't seem to be much else released about these episodes, or any others. But then again, it is the BBC they like to keep things as airtight as they can.
Source: BBC Doctor Who twitter @bbcdoctorwho
We have many returning faces!
One of my personal and relatively new favorites, Ingrid Oliver, is back as Osgood! The Doctor's number one fan and also a member of UNIT was first seen in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, battling the Zygons, and then the Cybermen in Dark water, and Death in heaven. Much to my dismay Osgood met her untimely death at the hands of the Master, now known as, Missy and was confirmed as dead and not to be returning.
We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning - but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though can the Doctor trust his number one fan? ~ Steven Moffat.
Oh but she is back! And along with the Zygons too...
Michelle Gomez as mentioned before is also back from the dead. It never fails to astound me how many times Doctor Who can bring back a character from the dead! But that's one of the wonders of the show I guess. Out of interest how many times has The Master/ Missy returned from 'death' now? I wonder what tricks she has up her sleeve this time for her oldest friend.
Everybody hide - Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she's straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener.
This series has many, many special guests.
- Masie Williams and Paul Kaye from the award-winning Game of Thrones.
- Jaye Griffiths - Silent witness and Casualty.
- Morven Christie - Granchester and Death in Paradise (2014).
- Arsher Ali - The Missing (BBC One).
- Colin McFarlane - Easteneders, Torchwood.
- Sophie Store - Midsummer Murders and Casualty.
A few faces we have seen and voices heard before in Doctor Who:
- Kelly Hunter - Shadow Architect in Stolen Earth.
- Clare Huggins - Ohila, Sisterhood of Karn in Night of the Doctor.
- Struan Rodger - Voice of the Face of Boe.
And many more!!
That's it for now, but so far, series 9 is looking great! Check back at a later date for updates. If you have anymore information about series nine, please do leave a comment. For now, until August, we have to sit here and wait.